National Enduro Championship – Round 2
The Western Cape will welcome riders to the second round of the National Enduro Championship this weekend. Roodepoort Enduro Farm, an area near Worcester renowned for its unparalleled mountain trails and rugged terrain, will host the highly anticipated event.
Lining up with the red plate in the prestigious E1 Class is Brother Leader Tread KTM’s Bradley Cox. The rider opened the season with a blistering pace when he stormed to a class victory and an impressive third overall in the first round. With a strong determination to keep his winning momentum going, Cox commented: “This is the second time in my career that I’ve gone into an Enduro race with the red plate. I’m a lot fitter this time around (last year I had an ankle injury) so I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do. From a training point of view, I’ve just made sure to keep my groove going and stick to what’s been working for me.”
Undaunted by the area’s unforgiving terrain, he added: “The goal is to win. Races in the Cape are always rugged and hard on the body – I actually really enjoy them.”
Joining Cox this weekend is Brother Leader Tread KTM’s newest Enduro recruit Charan Moore. The rider is out for redemption after an unfortunate penalty in the first-round cost him a potential podium spot in the E2 Class. Having experienced the racing pace in his highly competitive class, Moore has spent the past few weeks fine-tuning both his Enduro skills and his KTM 300 EXC TPI.
“The Cape is always a unique place to race – the terrain has a good mix of loose rocks, sand and fynbos. I’ve spent a lot of time practising on a 6km loop that I marked out close to where I stay in Land Brand to prepare for this weekend. I’ve also put in a lot of work fine-tuning my bike. I had a really good base setting after the first round, so I’ve just made some small tweaks to suit my riding style. I’m running a slighter harder and more aggressive setup this time so that I can push the pace. I really want to fight for that E2 win – with consistent laps from start to finish a spot on the podium isn’t out of reach,” said Moore.
Rounding out the orange squad is Kirsten Landman, who will join Moore in the E2 Class. After a year on the side-line due to injury, Landman made her long-awaited comeback at the start of the season. Having used the event to gauge her fitness levels, Landman has been hard at work conditioning her body for the second round of the series.
“My main focus has been to work on my conditioning for this kind of intensity and duration on the bike. The last race gave me a good idea of where I need to be and I’m very motivated to narrow the gap that the front guys have on me,” said Landman.
Published by: Louwrens Mahoney (KTM Motorcycles)